September 2017: The Moments In Between

I take hundreds of photos every month, and most of them don’t get shared with anyone, let alone online. And yet the moments in time that those photos capture are just as important a part of our story as the other images that I do choose to share.

I created this blog as a way of documenting our lives, a way of watching the girls grow into who they’re going to be and a way of remembering who they once were. It’s something I want them to be able to look back on as they get older, because memories fade but (digital) photographs don’t.

It’s easy (and tempting) to only focus on sharing the fun bits, the memorable parts, the highlights and the celebrations. But I’m learning more and more as I continue through this crazy journey of motherhood that it’s really important to me that I capture the ordinary, everyday times that we spend together as well. The bits of the jigsaw that fill in the gaps to complete the picture. The tantalising glimpses into who our girls are becoming.

The chaos, the calm and all the moments in between.

This monthly feature – The Moments In Between – is a space for me to share all of those magical bits that would otherwise just stay in a folder on my laptop, never to see the light of day.

SEPTEMBER

As every month this year seems to be doing, September disappeared in a blur of going back to school, high school open evenings and sports events.  A lot of my headspace was taken up with preparing for my solo trip to Colorado and as a consequence, we didn’t really have many adventures and I felt like I didn’t really pick up my camera very much.  It’s felt a little strange – September is normally my favourite month but this time I just couldn’t seem to find my rhythm and I got frustrated with myself for that.  Silly really, but I try and keep things honest and real here and it’s been a genuinely tricky few weeks for all of us.

As always, when I came to write this post I worried about whether I’d have enough photos, and I didn’t know what I’d have to say as I haven’t felt very ‘present’ recently, my head always seeming to be somewhere else and mentally going over lists of things I’ve needed to do.  And as usual my worries were unfounded because of course there are enough images and each and every one of them is part of what makes us who we are. Each and every one of them tells part of our story.

This is us.

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8 Comments

  • Aaah these are such gorgeous pictures Chloe!! I’m the same — I have hundreds and hundreds of photos that never see the light of day. We’re quite good in that we put holidays and big events into photobooks, but all the random events that I absentmindedly snap away at never get seen. Lovely idea! 🙂 xx
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  • Reply October 5, 2017

    Sarah Christie

    Ah Chloe they are all gorgeous and build up such a lovely picture of your family life I love them all, and woohooo I a so excited for you all going to Florida we love it x

  • Aw Chloe what a beautiful post and a great idea. I take so many pictures and do nothing with them. They just sit on my hard-drive and I go on taking more shots on my camera or iPhone. My oldest daughter got her own little point and shoot camera for her birthday and she also loves taking pictures, so we’ve got even more now. My girls love a 2p machine, they’d be happy playing with them all day. Great pictures, as always xx
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  • Reply October 6, 2017

    Suzanne

    Oh I love these photographs, they really do tell a story of your family and capture the spirit of you all. So many gorgeous expressions on faces, especially that last one! I totally ‘get’ what you’re saying about not feeling truly present at any time. I actually couldn’t tell you what happened to September, it seemed to fly past in a blur and I hate that feeling. Your trip to Colorado sounds fab though! xx

  • Reply October 9, 2017

    Kerri-Ann

    I love this post so much. This is why I pull our family adventures together each month – to remember the little moments. How exciting is your October? Your girls are gorgeous and a testament to you both x
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  • Reply October 9, 2017

    Morgana

    Gorgeous pictures! I’m so jealous that your girls love the camera and don’t mind having their photo taken. My two HATE it, even when they know I’m not even going to share the photo. It makes me sad that I have less and less pictures of them now they are getting older. I must have a think about how to change that. xx

  • Reply October 9, 2017

    Kerry

    Ha – you sound like me! I have SO many photos it’s unreal. I keep meaning to edit them down (I literally have tens of thousands!), but the task is just too daunting!! xx

  • Reply October 9, 2017

    Jenny

    Love your photos. Must have a photo playdates again soon. So fun! Hooray for Disney. We are dying to go but plans for it next year have changed so we don’t know when we will get the chance. Sounds amazing. Have fun for us! lol #wrc
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